Here are the facts about visitors to timeoutdubai.com
Time Out Dubai staff
We love you, Time Out fans, we really do. And when you love someone you want to get to know them, which is why we constantly endeavour to try to understand you through our online polls and magazine surveys, the results of which we often find truly insightful. So insightful, in fact, that we’ve decided to share them with you.
It turns out ‘you’, our readers, are a diverse bunch. Most of you have put on weight since moving to Dubai, many of you travel by taxi every day (perhaps not helping the weight issue) and nearly half of you love ordering a curry for dinner (again, not helping!), but almost all of you loathe paying big bucks for a meal. While this isn’t a definitive guide to Dubaians, it is a guide to the day-to-day habits of those that matter to us most – our readers.
How old are you? 2% Under 18 9% 18-24 50% 25-34 26% 35-44 10% 45-54 3% 55-64
What’s your monthly income? 14% Less than Dhs5,000 23% Dhs5,000-Dhs9,999 18% Dhs10,000-Dhs14,999 14% Dhs15,000-Dhs19,999 9% Dhs20,000-Dhs24,999 6% Dhs25,000-Dhs29,999 4% Dhs30,000-Dhs34,999 3% Dhs35,000-Dhs39,999 9% Dhs40,000+
How often do you TRAVEL BY taxi? 34% Every day 27% Once a week 20% Once a month 19% Never
Where do your loyalties lie? 54% New Dubai (Marina, Old Town etc) 46% Old Dubai (Bur Dubai, Jumeirah etc)
How much would you expect to pay for a nice meal out for two? 35% Dhs100 48% Dhs400 15% Dhs700 2% Dhs1,500
Have you put on weight since moving to Dubai? 34% A little 31% Big time 19% No, not really 16% I've lost weight!
Where are you more likely to take visitors? 57% A beach bar 33% Somewhere high up with a great view 10% Back to the airport
What kind of VENUE would you frequent on a night out in Dubai? 27% Somewhere where I can socialise informally in a cosy, friendly atmosphere 16% A place with great live music 10% A place with friendly staff and excellent service 47% All of the above
The best view in Dubai is of… 45% The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa 18% The Burj Al Arab 16% The Creek 15% There are no good views in Dubai 6% The Dubai street life
How often do you give to charity? 24% Once a week 18% Once a month 25% Every few months 15% Every year 18% Never Do you use Twitter? 58% I have an account, but don’t use it much 21% All the time 21% What’s that?
Will you be going to the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar? 49% Just try to stop me! 29% No 22% I have no idea yet
Your favourite type of takeaway… 42% Indian/Pakistani 19% Fast food 17% Lebanese 15% Pizza 4% Chinese 3% Other 2% Thai
How often do you go to the cinema? 44% Every week, especially in summer 37% About once a month 19% Only when I’m really bored
Which sport do you miss playing most during summer? 20% Football 19% Tennis 16% Running 11% I never stop playing sport! 11% Horse riding 9% Rugby 8% Cycling 6% Surfing
What would encourage you to go out more during the week? 77% Cheaper drinks in bars and clubs 10% More smoke-free spots 13% A later start the next morning
Youth hostel or five-star hotel? 56% A mix of both 22% Youth hostel all the way 22% Five-star and only five-star
How often do you visit a spa/salon? 35% Once a month, tops 26% Whenever I get a haircut, that's about it 26% About twice a month 13% Every week – I'm always in one!
How often do you go to the gym? 42% At least three times a week 33% At least once a week 25% At least once a year
Can you see beauty in Dubai's construction landscapes? 60% No – it's all rubble and rubbish 40% On a purely aesthetic level, yes
What’s the most important part of the clubbing experience? 47% The type of music 47% Having fun with friends 6% The DJ
Do you have a swimming pool where you live? 58% Yes, and it’s great 24% Yes, but it's poor 17% No, I don’t have access to one 1% No, but I sneak into the nearest apartment building’s pool
Why do you read Time Out? 28% I was looking for ideas for the weekend 21% The cover looked interesting 20% I buy the magazine every week 16% I wanted to read a feature in the mag 7% For the listings 3% I had a friend coming to town 3% I don’t know 2% I’m planning a special occasion
Official government figures tell us what’s been happening in the first half of 2011.
Total population of Dubai: 1.953 million People in Dubai day-to-day (commuters included): 2.969 million Marriage certificates issued: 2,031 Divorce certificates issued: 457 Number of buildings completed (from villas to high rises): 1,738 Passengers that have moved through Dubai International Airport: 24.56 million Number of operating buses: 875 Total number of journeys made on Dubai’s buses: 48.48 million Total number of journeys made on Dubai Metro: 28.98 million Number of hotel guests: 3.62 million Total vehicles registered: 2.074 million See www.dsc.gov.ae for more.